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Lionel Messi, again candidate for best athlete of the year: who are his rivals and the Argentines in the jury


These are the Laureus awards, which bring together the most outstanding of all sports and which Messi won twice. The Argentine National Team is also nominated as team of the year.

In a week,

Lionel Messi

will once again be the protagonist of the 'The Best' award, with which FIFA awards the best footballers of the calendar year.

But this Monday, the striker from Rosario received another important nomination: he was included among

the finalists for the main category of the Laureus award, which chooses the best athlete in the world and that he has already won twice


The 'Flea', for the first time as world champion after the consecration in Qatar 2022, was one of the two footballers included in the roster, along with the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, his


at Paris Saint-Germain.

His other rivals of him?

The tennis player

Rafael Nadal

, the Dutch pilot

Max Verstappen

, the Swedish athlete

Armand Duplantis

, and the American basketball player

Stephen Curry



Messi, 35, won this award twice in a row in 2019 and 2020, although on that second occasion it was shared with British Formula 1 driver

Lewis Hamilton


"He inspired Argentina to glory in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and continues to raise the bar in football

," argued the Laureus Academy to justify the choice of Rosario.

The nominees for the Laureus awards -which have been held since 2000- were determined through a vote carried out by sports media from around the world, although the winners will be chosen by a 71-member panel of the greatest sports legends from all over the world

. times

, and announced during

the second quarter of this year


Among them, there are only

two Argentines

: former rugby player

Hugo Porta

, who is considered the best Argentine player in this sport in history and is a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame;

and former Leona

Luciana 'Lucha' Aymar

, world field hockey star and the only one to receive the International Federation (FIH) award for best player of the year eight times.

In the women's division, meanwhile, those who will aspire to the highest prize will be the Polish tennis player

Iga Swiatek

, the Spanish soccer player

Alexia Putellas

, the American swimmer

Katie Ledecky

, the American skier

Mikaela Shiffrin

, the Jamaican athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her colleague American

Sydney Mclaughlin Levrone


La Escaloneta, too

Photo: Fernando de la Orden / Special Envoy - Clarín

The Argentine soccer team was not left out of the nominations and was included in the 'Best Team of the Year' category, after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Joining her in the vote are the

England women's soccer team ,

Spain's Real Madrid

men's team ,


men's rugby team

, the


Golden State Warriors , and the

Red Bull Formula 1

team. .

In addition, among the revelations of 2022, is the Spanish tennis player

Carlos Alcaraz

, recent ATP champion in Buenos Aires and the youngest male world number 1 in history at 19 years, 4 months and 6 days old, who will fight the Kazakh tennis player

Elena Rybakina , the


men 's national soccer team

, American figure skater

Nathan Chen

, American golfer

Scottie Scheffler

, and Nigerian athlete

Tobi Amusan



five inspiring sports programs

have been shortlisted for the Laureus

Sport for Good

award , given each year to a person or organization who, in the opinion of Academy members, have significantly contributed to transforming the lives of children and young people through sport. sport.

This year, these include a movement-based psychosocial support intervention developed by War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands, which uses physical activity to relieve stress in children affected by war or conflict and which it is particularly active in supporting refugees from Ukraine (



a show that uses boxing to challenge stereotypes and empower young women in Kenya (



a soccer project aimed at educating and uplifting the homeless population in India (

Slum Soccer


a program whose mission is to make sport inclusive for people with disabilities in South Africa (

Made For More

) and a project in Germany that uses action sports to help orphaned and migrant children integrate into new communities (

High Five


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Source: clarin

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